Roll of Honour of the 710 men of Hyde who fell in WW1
Private 11683 Harry MATHER of 8th Bn., Cheshire Regiment
Killed in Action Sunday 9th April 1916, Mesopotamia, age 34
|Of:||9 Railway View, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Born:||1882, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Parents:||Jane Mather and John Mather of Kirby House, Henry Street, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Marital status:||Married to Margretta Mather (née Blackshaw) of 7 Syddall Street, Hyde, Cheshire|
|He enlisted in:||Hyde, Cheshire|
|Remembered on:||Grave/Panel Panel 14 and 62 of the memorial in Basra Memorial, Iraq|
|Link with Hyde:||Born in Hyde|
I received 3 letters and papers on the 7th of April. I have forwarded a post card telling you that we are expected to go into action. By the time you read this you will probably have read about the big bombardment in Mesopotamia. We started at 4.30 am on April 6th. It was just like hell on earth, Then came the final splash. We had to advance about three miles over flat land under very heavy fire. The Turks were shooting us down like rabbits. I had both my right-hand man and left-hand man shot down. I got my rifle split in two with a bullet but I am pleased to say I came out without a scratch. I don't know how I was missed. I shall never forget that day for as long as I live. We took three lines of trenches, two miles of ground. We were in the thick of it until midnight. I lay flat on my back for nine hours and daren't not move, only a heap of dirt to cover me. I am sorry to say that we had 140 killed and wounded. If we keep going on like we are doing General Townshend will soon be relieved. I am at the back of the firing now, but don't know how soon we shall have to go up again. I would not have thought that men could face fire so cooly as they did. Everything was like clockwork. I can't describe everything now as we may move today.
With love to all,
From the North Cheshire Herald, April 8th 1916.